Plant Riverside District will host a special Grand Opening Celebration.
All events, which are free and open to the public, will celebrate the official opening of the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District.
The free three-day grand opening celebration at JW Marriott Plant Riverside District will offer live music by a wide range of artists, performances by Cirque Divina, informative lectures, live artist painting demonstrations, fountain shows, fireworks, laser light shows as well as food and drink options for all ages. Free family-friendly entertainment will include live magic by David Jowers, mini-golf and dinosaur-themed adventures.
The three-day celebration will kick-off on Thursday, November 18 at noon with the grand opening of Georgia Southern University’s new “That Great Gretsch Sound!” exhibit at District Live.
Presented through a special partnership between the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music at Georgia Southern University and The Kessler Collection, this permanent display of drums, guitars and music memorabilia highlighting 135 years of Gretsch instruments is featured in District Live’s lobby and performance space in the Atlantic Building. Starting at noon, Georgia Southern University’s marching band and cheerleaders will perform live in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, followed by Georgia Southern University musicians showcasing their talents on the state-of-the-art District Live stage from noon to 1 p.m.
Free live music, mini-golf and family-friendly entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening on Thursday, November 18, culminating in fountain shows at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. That evening, District Live will present The Johnny Mercer Experience, a dazzling cabaret-style show that will take place on Savannah native and famed songwriter Johnny Mercer’s 112th birthday. Tickets are $25 in advance on Ticketmaster.com and $28 at the door.
On Friday, November 19, The Kessler Collection’s Chairman and CEO Richard C. Kessler and Plant Riverside District architect Christian Sottile will lead a free lecture about the creation of Plant Riverside District at 11 a.m.
From 2:15 to 3:30 p.m., Savannah artist Amiri Geuka Farris will create an action painting on the Pavilion Stage with the finished work being sold at the upcoming Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District and proceeds benefiting a local children’s fund to provide holiday gifts.
A special performance by the Christian Tamburr Trio will take place on Beethoven’s Terrace at 5 p.m., followed by a magic show by David Jowers at 6 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., former Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers will ceremoniously light the Electric Moon Towers alongside Kessler and discuss the early years of power in Savannah as well as its evolution throughout the state. The special evening will culminate with a free concert by the Equinox Orchestra in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 8 p.m. and a high-energy performance by Cirque Divina at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, November 20, the celebration will continue with Plant Riverside District Passport to Discovery, a free family-friendly adventure exploring the dinosaurs and geodes hidden throughout Plant Riverside District.
Participants will later join a free lecture by paleontologist Dave Trexler, who will discuss the newest dinosaur in Savannah and why dinosaurs are still important in today’s world. From 1 to 4 p.m., Grand Bohemian Gallery artists will participate in a Plein Air Paint Out at Myrtle & Rose. Artist Mariyah Sultan will also entertain guests with a live performance painting with violin accompaniment by Marta Richardson on the Pavilion Stage.
The three-day grand opening celebration will culminate on November 20 with a live concert by The Legacy Band at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks display over the river at 9:40 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, 14 exceptional restaurants at Plant Riverside District will also offer a wide range of food and drink specials.
For more information about the Grand Opening Celebration at Plant Riverside District or to view a complete entertainment schedule, please visit www.plantriversidedistrict.com.